Crisis Chronicle - Logistics in the face of re-confinement #2

The storage market is adapting and reshaping itself

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Each week, during the whole containment period, SpaceFill will draw up an inventory of the logistics market in France. Detailed statistics, impact by region, availability of the storage network, testimonials of professionals: SpaceFill will make you live the evolution of the logistics activity on the front line, alongside our partners.

Crisis Chronicle #2 - The response of the metropolises


This week, we present the continuation of our survey of our 3,000 partners. We conducted a regionalized analysis of the impact of containment on logistics activity in France. It sheds light on a storage market that is in the midst of being restructured.

The possibilities of a second wave in winter were very much in the forefront of discussions as soon as the first containment was lifted. The government's announcement was therefore not a great shock and the effects of confinement on logistics are much less spectacular. Indeed, logistics professionals had several months to prepare for the re-containment. However, if we look more closely, the storage market is in a real state of turmoil. SpaceFill's statistical analysis department shares its first conclusions with you.


The impact of re-confinement on French territory

First observation: large cities were the hardest hit by the announcement of the containment

As we saw last week, re-confinement affects logistics service providers in a heterogeneous way depending on their specialisations. Regionalizing the responses allows us to better understand the impact of government measures on the logistics market in France.

7 days after the start of containment, the findings are irrefutable with our logistics partners. Those close to major metropolises have been the hardest hit by the contraction of activity.

In the map below, we can see that Normandy and the most populated regions are those most affected by containment. Going further, we can see that it is mainly warehouses near major cities (Paris, Lyon and Marseille in particular) that have been the most impacted by containment (more than 81% of the partners negatively impacted).


Map of the impact of containment on the activity of logistics partners (at D+7 after the announcement of re-containment). ‍

Last week, urban logistics areas were the most affected by government announcements


Whether it is for projects that are on hold or for companies that want to repatriate stocks in the face of closing sales outlets, cities and their surroundings are more affected than others by containment. Indeed, in the latter, retail and non-essential stores are more concentrated and rely on a vast storage infrastructure on the outskirts of urban centres.

In addition, the opposite effect also exists. Many production regions (such as Brittany or Aquitaine) have been positively impacted by containment from the moment it was announced. In fact, many shippers prefer to store close to their production sites for the time of re-confinement.

It seems, however, that the trend is being reversed, as the major cities have not said their last word!

D+14: a market in full boom of recomposition


At D+7, in our survey last week, re-confinement was mainly a cause of reduced activity for our logistics partners (52% of the partners surveyed).

But today, it seems that the market is no longer in decline
. 14 days after the start of the new sanitary protocol, we are witnessing a real explosion in demand from shippers, especially industrialists. For SpaceFill, this is extremely striking in the typology of the requests we receive (on a sample of more than 200 requests over the last 14 days).

The map of the requests received by SpaceFill in the last 14 days:

The demands for storage are numerous and are concentrated around metropolises.

Since the beginning of the re-confinement we have recorded twice as many storage requests compared to the seasonal average. These requests are generally three times higher in average pallet volume and are concentrated around cities.


"The storage market has been boiling since the start of containment. Some stocks are being emptied, others are being built up, and product typologies are changing. This is especially the case at our sites near major cities," explains one of our partners. If the cities and their outskirts were negatively impacted at the beginning of the crisis, they are now prized for the constitution of advanced stocks, especially for e-commerce. In addition, the rapid emergence of "click & collect" has enabled some stores to resume activity close to normal.



The Bullwhipeffect is affecting French supply chains


We are witnessing a real demonstration of the Bullwhip effect on the market. Indeed, the myriads of local adjustments we have highlighted lead to upstream and downstream adjustments themselves, often amplifying them. These adjustments are sometimes brutal, particularly in the food or health sector. "Recent discussions about the release of a vaccine have already started to weigh on the refrigeration market and future investments," says a partner specializing in this sector.

The health situation remains a major concern for logistics professionals. Uncertainty is the order of the day for both shippers and our partners. "Government announcements are still awaited as they have a direct impact on our business. Some stores are closing, others are allowed to open and our customers are passing this on to their storage capacities, sometimes excessively so" explains another of our partners in the Paris region.

Provide visibility in a market undergoing reorganization

In this context of recomposition of the storage market, SpaceFill plays a key role. It is a question here of combating the opacity which weighs on all the players.

First of all, we enable shippers to reshape their supply chains in the face of closures of sales outlets and changes in their activity. Our service is also an asset for warehouses whose unused space has increased. We enable them to make their customer portfolio profitable and diversify by meeting a real need, because while some industries are slowing down, others are speeding up!

SpaceFill platform provides real-time visibility into storage availability



Indeed, according to our figures of the last few weeks, the volume of requests for food products has been divided by 5, the demand for storage of furniture or beverages has been multiplied by 7 and 9 respectively.

In conclusion,
storage requirements remain relatively stable on the market as a whole. By helping to match supply and demand, SpaceFill helps to limit the impact of containment on supply chains.

Re-confinement under the sign of solidarity

This time, the actors were more prompt in setting up solidarity initiatives. Sometimes even competition gives way to a very unusual spirit of solidarity. Thus, we can see that large companies are multiplying projects to support independent traders and craftsmen, particularly by helping them to go digital.


For example, Monoprix offers local artisans the opportunity to display their products in its downtown stores. One florist even benefited from the click and collect sale at Monoprix Le Bouscat in Bordeaux.

Similarly, Intermarché has launched the Solidarity Drive, offering independent retailers the opportunity to sell their products on its application for 6 months.

More humorously, Burger King caused a sensation by calling on loyal customers to order from its competitor McDonald's in a sensational tweet .


On our scale, we want to help all companies with temporary storage needs related to containment to find a solution among our network of 3000 warehouses. We have temporarily reinforced the operational teams to deal with your requests as quickly as possible and provide you with a response, the same day if possible. To go further realize an application for storage on our site.

Every day thousands of pallets enter and leave the SpaceFill partner network.



If you did not have the opportunity to read last week's article, we invite you to read it by following this link. link.

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